pickup

[ pik-uhp ]
/ ˈpɪkˌʌp /

noun

adjective

composed of or employing whatever persons are available on a more or less impromptu basis: a pickup game of baseball; a pickup dance band.
using whatever ingredients are handy or available: a Sunday night pickup supper.

Origin of pickup

First recorded in 1855–60; noun use of verb phrase pick up
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Word Origin and History for pickup

pickup


n.

also pick-up, "that which is picked up," 1848; see pick up (v.). As "act of picking up" from 1882. Meaning "capacity for acceleration" is from 1909; that of "recovery" is from 1916. In reference to a game between informal teams chosen on the spot, from 1905 (as an adjective in this sense by 1936).

Meaning "small truck used for light loads," 1937, is shortened from pickup truck (pickup body is attested from 1928). The notion probably being of a vehicle for use to "pick up" (feed, lumber, etc.) and deliver it where it was needed.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper